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mottle

[ mot-l ]
/ ˈmɒt l /
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verb (used with object), mot·tled, mot·tling.
to mark or diversify with spots or blotches of a different color or shade.
noun
a diversifying spot or blotch of color.
mottled coloring or pattern.
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Origin of mottle

First recorded in 1670–80; probably back formation from motley

OTHER WORDS FROM mottle

mot·tle·ment, nounmottler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mottle

mottle
/ (ˈmɒtəl) /

verb
(tr) to colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
noun
a mottled appearance, as of the surface of marble
one streak or blotch of colour in a mottled surface

Word Origin for mottle

C17: back formation from motley
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